Lake Orient is a 26-acre lake that offers Adair County park users excellent fishing and many other recreational opportunities. This 86-acre park is equipped with a 22-site campground with electric and water hookups, a shower/restroom/tornado safe room, two shelter houses, a boat ramp, playground equipment, and hiking trails. The Adair County Conservation Board leases and manages the Lake Orient Recreation Area and Lake Orient.
The applicant proposes to level and slope then place erosion stone along the entire shoreline of Lake Orient, approximately 4,689 linear feet, for bank stabilization. After the bank has been stabilized, grass seed will be placed on the exposed dirt to help further prevent erosion. The applicant also proposes to place approximately 4,500 square feet (0.1 acres) of rip rap at a water depth of 8 feet for fish habitat enhancement.
The purpose of this project is to shape and armor the shoreline to reduce sediment and nutrient delivery at Lake Orient. Fish habitat in the form of rip rap will also be placed amongst existing cedar tree piles to diversify the lake bottom. This renovation will repair some of the shoreline that has eroded away, and further protect the rest of the shoreline that is still in good condition. While armoring the shoreline from erosion, this project will provide habitat for the resident fish species including bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch, black bullhead, and channel catfish. The bank stabilization erosion stone will also provide habitat for baitfish, aquatic invertebrates, and vertebrates. Shore fishing access will be enhanced with the reshaping of the shorelines.
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